South Shore Cultural Center

  • 7059 S. South Shore Dr.   Chicago, Illinois 60649 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Andrea Adams
  • Park Phone: (773) 256-0149

Located in the South Shore community, South Shore Cultural Center (formerly the South Shore Country Club) is a cultural facility that has been recognized as a Chicago Landmark (2004) and is also listed on the National Register (1975). This cultural haven was founded in 1905 and later rebuilt in 1916. Bought by the Chicago Park District in 1975, this historic building was restored as a historic landmark after a massive community campaign led by the Chicago Park District and historic preservationists. South Shore Cultural Center totals 64.50 acres. With its magnificent country club-like interior,this facility features a solarium, formal dining hall, Paul Robeson Theater, Washburne Culinary Institute, and the Parrot Cage Restaurant. Green features of the park include a nature sanctuary and a butterfly garden. Outside, the park offers a nine-hole golf course, beach, and open spaces for picnics and walks. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our solarium, dining room, theater, and fields. Park-goers can participate in variety of cultural programs and classes for all ages in dance, music, art, health, culinary arts, fitness, and more. South Shore has recently added new adult art classes including textile art, drawing & painting, mixed media art, and ceramics. 

After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, South Shore Cultural Center hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

South Shore Cultural Center Arts Partners:

As the gem of the South Lakefront, South Shore Cultural Center is proud to offer a variety of culturally rich programs to the surrounding community. These programs would not be possible without the successful partnerships that have been nurtured with the following organizations. For more information about these partnerships and programs, call the South Shore Cultural Center.

Country Western Line Dance: (773.933.1951), Triple H. Productions: (773) 768-6276, Steppin: National Steppers Society, (312) 259-1443, Ballet & Jazz: Iona Calhoun, (312) 493-5698,       Hatha Yoga: Jamila Onyeali, (773) 493-4840 - Sheelah Muhammad, (773) 752-5289, Ceramics: Talonna Sharp, (773) 256-0946, Chicago Music Association Branch No. 1: Barbara Wright-Pryor, (773) 721-3210,  Cooking classes: Washburne Culinary Institute, (773) 602-5487 

South Shore Beach

South Shore Beach is part of the South Shore Cultural Center, which is considered to be the jewel of the neighborhood. The site is a 65-acre park with a golf course, tennis courts, a pool, and an elaborate, refurbished clubhouse. The clubhouse is surrounded by the golf course, and sits back from the beach area. The site also has a circular beach house with concessions, restrooms, and showers, and it is located just to the east of the clubhouse on the beach. As of 2001, South Shore also has its own Nature Sanctuary, and visitors can walk along a boardwalk near the beach, and observe the emerging sand dunes, a small wetland, prairie landscape, and a variety of wildlife in the area.

History

The South Shore Cultural Center, a 65-acre park with a golf course, tennis courts, a bathing beach, and an impressive building, originated as the South Shore Country Club. In 1905, Lawrence Heyworth, president of the downtown Chicago Athletic Club, envisioned an exclusive club with a "country setting." Heyworth selected unimproved south lakefront property, often used for fishing and duck hunting, for the new country club.

The club's directors hired architects Marshall and Fox, later known for designing many of Chicago's most luxurious hotel and apartment buildings, including the Drake Hotel. For inspiration, Heyworth provided a photograph of an old private club in Mexico City, but asked the architects to exclude expensive embellishments. As the club could not yet collect dues, work had to proceed quickly and inexpensively. To this end, members Marshall Field and A. Montgomery Ward lent their store delivery wagons to transport turf, sod, and trees. Mr. Worcester, Vice-President of the Peoples Gas Company, put in lighting for the grounds and clubhouse.

Enjoying immediate success and social importance, South Shore Country Club quickly outgrew its facilities. Marshall and Fox were hired to build a new clubhouse, incorporating the original ballroom. Constructed in 1916, the larger and more substantial reinforced concrete building, like the original, was designed in the Mediterranean Revival style. The country club's membership peaked in the late 1950s. Simultaneously, many African-Americans began settling in South Shore. Because the private club excluded black members, it went out of business in the 1970s.

In 1974, the Chicago Park District purchased the property to expand its lakefront facilities. The park district planned to demolish the severely-deteriorated clubhouse. However, community members rallied together to save the historic building. Rehabilitating the clubhouse as a cultural center in the late 1970s, the park district has since restored other historic features including the front colonnade, entry gate and stables.

Parking/Directions

Metered parking is available in the lot on site.  Get rates and additional information.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

South Shore Art Gallery

South Shore Art Gallery

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

South Shore Beach

South Shore Beach

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr. (71st St. @ Lake Michigan)

Notes: Distance swimming is from south end rocks to trees at north end of beach, parallel to shore at boat line

South Shore Bird Santuary

South Shore Bird Santuary

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Drive

Notes: South Shore Bird Santuary

South Shore Community Garden

South Shore Community Garden

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

South Shore Cultural Center

South Shore Cultural Center

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

South Shore Beach

South Shore Beach

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Drive

Notes: South Shore Beach

South Shore Garden

South Shore Garden

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

Notes: South Shore Cultural Center Formal & Herb Garden

South Shore Auditorium

South Shore Auditorium

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

South Shore Clubroom

South Shore Clubroom

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

South Shore Picnic Grove

South Shore Picnic Grove

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

South Shore Prairie and Grassland

South Shore Prairie and Grassland

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

Notes: South Shore Cultural Center

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30, for most parks.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at South Shore 124933InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/12 18:00From September 12, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$51.00
Ceramics at South Shore 125649InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 1pm
$51.00
Children's Theater at South Shore 125721InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/12 15:00From September 12, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$51.00
Dance - Jazz at South Shore 125826InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$51.00
Dance - Steppers Partnership at South Shore 125838PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2015/10/25 21:00From October 25, 2015 to November 29, 2015
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5pm
$50.00
Dance - Steppers Partnership at South Shore 125836PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2015/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2015 to October 18, 2015
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 4pm to 5pm
Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 4pm to 5pm
$50.00
Dance - Steppers Partnership at South Shore 125837PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2015/09/13 22:00From September 13, 2015 to October 18, 2015
Each Sunday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 5pm to 6pm
Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 5pm to 6pm
$50.00
Dance - Steppers Partnership at South Shore 125839PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2015/10/25 22:00From October 25, 2015 to November 29, 2015
Each Sunday from 5pm to 6pm
$50.00
Dance - Tap at South Shore 125852InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/09/19 17:30From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$51.00
Drawing & Painting at South Shore 125908InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2015/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$51.00
Drop-In at South Shore 125926InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/10/12 13:00October 12, 2015
Monday from 8am to 6pm
$11.00
Drop-In at South Shore 146912InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/11/18 14:00November 18, 2015
Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
$11.00
Drop-In at South Shore 146913InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/11/25 14:00November 25, 2015
Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
$11.00
Drop-In at South Shore 125927InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/11/13 14:00November 13, 2015
Friday from 8am to 6pm
$11.00
Fitness Boot Camp at South Shore 126014InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$17.00
Fitness Boot Camp at South Shore 126015InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/19 15:15From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$17.00
Line Dance Partnership at South Shore 126934PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance35 and upCoed2015/09/17 16:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 11am to 12:30pm
$40.00
Line Dance Partnership at South Shore 126935PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance35 and upCoed2015/09/17 17:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 12:30pm to 2pm
$40.00
Martial Arts Partnership at South Shore 126971PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-Defense5 and upCoed2015/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$255.00
Martial Arts Partnership at South Shore 126972PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 5 but less than 16Coed2015/09/12 16:45From September 12, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:45am to 1:15pm
$255.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Boot Camp at South Shore 147850InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/09/19 14:15From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
$13.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at South Shore 127372InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 20:00From September 8, 2015 to December 18, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
$105.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at South Shore 127453Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 20:00From September 8, 2015 to June 17, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
$315.00
Small Group Personal Training at South Shore 127924InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/19 16:30From September 19, 2015 to October 17, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at South Shore 127925InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/10/31 16:30From October 31, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$26.00
Strength & Conditioning at South Shore 128100InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/14 23:15From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$17.00
Textile Arts at South Shore 146914InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2015/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2015 to December 10, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
$51.00
Winter Break Camp at South Shore 128871CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/12/21 14:00From December 21, 2015 to December 31, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 4pm
$51.00
Yoga Partnership at South Shore 128989PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga40 and upCoed2015/09/08 16:00From September 8, 2015 to December 8, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$80.00
Zumba at South Shore 146921InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2015 to December 9, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$20.00

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Located in the South Shore community, South Shore Cultural Center (formerly the South Shore Country Club) is a cultural facility that has been recognized as a Chicago Landmark (2004) and is also listed on the National Register (1975). This cultural haven was founded in 1905 and later rebuilt in 1916. Bought by the Chicago Park District in 1975, this historic building was restored as a historic landmark after a massive community campaign led by the Chicago Park District and historic preservationists. South Shore Cultural Center totals 64.50 acres. With its magnificent country club-like interior,this facility features a solarium, formal dining hall, Paul Robeson Theater, Washburne Culinary Institute, and the Parrot Cage Restaurant. Green features of the park include a nature sanctuary and a butterfly garden. Outside, the park offers a nine-hole golf course, beach, and open spaces for picnics and walks. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our solarium, dining room, theater, and fields. Park-goers can participate in variety of cultural programs and classes for all ages in dance, music, art, health, culinary arts, fitness, and more. South Shore has recently added new adult art classes including textile art, drawing & painting, mixed media art, and ceramics. 

After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, South Shore Cultural Center hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

South Shore Cultural Center Arts Partners:

As the gem of the South Lakefront, South Shore Cultural Center is proud to offer a variety of culturally rich programs to the surrounding community. These programs would not be possible without the successful partnerships that have been nurtured with the following organizations. For more information about these partnerships and programs, call the South Shore Cultural Center.

Country Western Line Dance: (773.933.1951), Triple H. Productions: (773) 768-6276, Steppin: National Steppers Society, (312) 259-1443, Ballet & Jazz: Iona Calhoun, (312) 493-5698,       Hatha Yoga: Jamila Onyeali, (773) 493-4840 - Sheelah Muhammad, (773) 752-5289, Ceramics: Talonna Sharp, (773) 256-0946, Chicago Music Association Branch No. 1: Barbara Wright-Pryor, (773) 721-3210,  Cooking classes: Washburne Culinary Institute, (773) 602-5487 

South Shore Beach is part of the South Shore Cultural Center, which is considered to be the jewel of the neighborhood. The site is a 65-acre park with a golf course, tennis courts, a pool, and an elaborate, refurbished clubhouse. The clubhouse is surrounded by the golf course, and sits back from the beach area. The site also has a circular beach house with concessions, restrooms, and showers, and it is located just to the east of the clubhouse on the beach. As of 2001, South Shore also has its own Nature Sanctuary, and visitors can walk along a boardwalk near the beach, and observe the emerging sand dunes, a small wetland, prairie landscape, and a variety of wildlife in the area.
The South Shore Cultural Center, a 65-acre park with a golf course, tennis courts, a bathing beach, and an impressive building, originated as the South Shore Country Club. In 1905, Lawrence Heyworth, president of the downtown Chicago Athletic Club, envisioned an exclusive club with a "country setting." Heyworth selected unimproved south lakefront property, often used for fishing and duck hunting, for the new country club.

The club's directors hired architects Marshall and Fox, later known for designing many of Chicago's most luxurious hotel and apartment buildings, including the Drake Hotel. For inspiration, Heyworth provided a photograph of an old private club in Mexico City, but asked the architects to exclude expensive embellishments. As the club could not yet collect dues, work had to proceed quickly and inexpensively. To this end, members Marshall Field and A. Montgomery Ward lent their store delivery wagons to transport turf, sod, and trees. Mr. Worcester, Vice-President of the Peoples Gas Company, put in lighting for the grounds and clubhouse.

Enjoying immediate success and social importance, South Shore Country Club quickly outgrew its facilities. Marshall and Fox were hired to build a new clubhouse, incorporating the original ballroom. Constructed in 1916, the larger and more substantial reinforced concrete building, like the original, was designed in the Mediterranean Revival style. The country club's membership peaked in the late 1950s. Simultaneously, many African-Americans began settling in South Shore. Because the private club excluded black members, it went out of business in the 1970s.

In 1974, the Chicago Park District purchased the property to expand its lakefront facilities. The park district planned to demolish the severely-deteriorated clubhouse. However, community members rallied together to save the historic building. Rehabilitating the clubhouse as a cultural center in the late 1970s, the park district has since restored other historic features including the front colonnade, entry gate and stables.

Metered parking is available in the lot on site.  Get rates and additional information.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.